This week on Points North, female pilots are underrepresented in the commercial aviation industry. That’s been true for a while, but a program in northern Michigan is making progress. Plus, the plight of fudge at local airports and a story from Michigan’s maritime past.
Across the world, there’s a dramatic airplane pilot shortage. According to Boeing, America will need over 200 thousand new pilots in the next two decades.
Despite the growing demand, some demographics are still extremely underrepresented in the industry, including women. But at Northwestern Michigan College the number of female aviation students is far above the national average.
Every summer millions of visitors fly into airports across the state, and the Transportation Security Administration has a very specific request for passengers in Michigan.
A trip by boat across Lake Michigan is much more rare than it was a century ago. But in the early 1900s passenger steamers were the main way vacationers got Up North for the summer.
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